Jackson State 30, Alabama State 23
JACKSON, Miss. — With postseason implications, Jackson State University climbed out of an early deficit to pick up a 30-23 win over Alabama State on Saturday at Veteran Memorial Stadium.READ MORE: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Investigating Incident At Lennard High School
Clayton Moore scored on a three-yard run in the fourth quarter to give JSU (1-1, 1-0) the cushion it needed to defeat Alabama State 30-23 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play. Moore connected 14-of-36 for 281 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
After Moore’s score, Myles Everett returned the kickoff for an 86-yard touchdown for ASU (0-2, 0-1). The two-point conversion failed and the Tigers registered a safety with under five minutes to secure the win.
Moore and Zachary Pendleton connedcted with 21 seconds left in the first half to give JSU a 21-17 lead. Pendleton had two touchdowns and finished with a career-high, 177 yards, from six receptions. Tobias Singleton added six catches for 98 yards and Rakeem Sims finished on the ground with 92 yards from 16 carries.
JSU trailed 14-0 in the first quarter before outscoring ASU, 21-3, to claim a 21 -17 lead at the break and entering the final frame.
Cameron Loeffler led JSU with a game high 15 tackles and Ryan Griffin added 10 with an interception.
Isaiah Crowell scored on a career-long 83-yard run in the first half and went over 1,000 yards for his career. He finished with 179 to power the Hornets offense.
Derrick Billups finished with 12 tackles and two forced fumbles. Daerius Washington followed with 10 tackles for the Hornets.
Tuskegee 23, Alabama A&M 7
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama A&M University dropped its home opener to Tuskegee, 23-7, on Saturday at Louis Crews Stadium.
AAMU (1-1) suffers its first loss as host of the Louis Crews Classic and to a NCAA Division II program since losing to Tuskegee in 2008.
The Bulldog’s sole touchdown came on a two-yard touchdown run by Barrington Scott. A punt that bounced into an AAMU blocker and a fumble on a kickoff return by Lawrence Barnett led to a pair of Tuskegee touchdowns 15 seconds apart, less than six minutes into the game.
“You can’t spot a good football team 14 points and expect things to turn out your way,” A&M coach Anthony Jones said.
“Before the offense really took the field we were down 14-0. You can’t start off any game like that, much less against a good football team.”
Meanwhile, A&M’s offense mustered 79 first-half yards and though it amassed a little more yardage in the second
could only come up with a 2-yard Barrington Scott touchdown run for its lone score.
Quarterback Brandon Wells was 18-for-37 for 217 yards. Montaurius Smith and Terrance Pride each hauled in five receptions. Smith finished with 59 yards and Pride added 56.
For the defense, A.J. Clark and Conrad Johnson added six tackles apiece and Corey Johnson and Reginald Bailey each posted a sack. Derrick Harris tacked on an interception.
Justin Nared led TU (1-0) going 11-of-18 for 206 yards while throwing three touchdowns, two coming in the first quarter.
The Golden Tigers scored 17 points in the first half and its defense limited AAMU to a single touchdown in the third quarter. Nared connected on a 56-yard pass to Marquel Gardner at the start of the fourth quarter
to seal the win. Garder led TU with three receptions for 80 yards.
After TU recovered a fumble, Nared hit Christopher Anderson on a 23-yard touchdwon pass. AAMU fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Nared struck on a 27-yard touchdown pass to Larry Cobb.
Tuskegee lost a 7-6 nail biter to Alabama A&M last year, giving them its only regular-season loss. The last time Tuskegee defeated Alabama A&M was 2008 in a rivalry that dates back to 1932.
Quavon Taylor spearheaded the Golden Tigers’ defense with 12 tackles.
Mississippi State 51, Alcorn State 7
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Alcorn State University fell behind early and was handed a 51-7 loss by Mississippi State on Saturday at first drive against Mississippi State on Saturday at Davis Wad Stadium.
ALCN’s (1-1) first drive against Mississippi State resulted in two impressive first downs.
“We made some mistakes early,” Alcorn State coach Jay Hopson said. “We turned the ball over on offense. We have got to start protecting the football on offense. We can’t give them anything cheap.”
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George hauled in four receptions for 80 yards. Gibbs was 11-of-25 passing for 135 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Damon Watkins, Devon Francois and Casey Freeman spotlighted the Braves’ defense. Watkins and Francois tacked on 10 tackles apiece and Freeman recorded an interception with four solo tackles.
“There are a few things we need to clean up but I thought our kids fought,” Hopson said. “They played hard, but there’s a lot to learn from this game.”
For MSU (1-1) Dak Prescott threw for 174 yards, 12-of-19, and two touchdowns and ran for a score as the Bulldogs built a 37-0 lead by halftime.
The Bulldogs led 21-0 by early in the second quarter en route to their most points in the first half for the program since 1996. Ashton Shumpert rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Nick Griffin added 53 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
Mississippi State’s steady stream of offense was encouraging for the Bulldogs after an ugly 21-3 loss to Oklahoma State last weekend.
Mississippi State outgained Alcorn State 308-30 in total yards in the first half before finishing with a 556-163 advantage.
Deonte Skinner posted five tackles and an interception to lead the Bulldogs defense. Fred Ross had three receptions with five receivers pitching in two receptions apiece.
Delta State 24, Mississippi Valley State 14
ITTA BENA, Miss. – Mississippi Valley State University’s rally was held off by Delta State suffering a 24-14 loss on Saturday at Rice-Tooten Stadium.
MSVU (0-2) led 7-3 in the second quarter after a seven-yard run by Cortez Frizell. After trailing 17-7 in the fourth, the Delta Devils responded with a 10-yard TD pass from Jeremy Collins to Richard Drake and were threatening to score on an ensuing drive when Collins threw an interception.
Collins connected 30-of-50 for 155 yards with Julian Stafford snagging eight receptions for 60 yards. Stafford also recorded two carries for 65 yards. Drake hauled in seven catches picking up 60 yards.
Brandon Powe led all defenders with 12 tackles with Davon Jones recording two interceptions and six solo tackles. Avery Boykins posted his second interception on the season and Letrey Jones had the only sack for MVSU.
For Delta State (0-1), Travis Champion threw for two touchdowns connecting with Casey Osborne on a 13-yard pass to give Delta State the lead before hitting Osborne again on a 10-yarder early in the fourth quarter to pull away 17-7.
Osborne led all receivers with eight receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns.
The Statesman mounted a drive on its next possession and Timothy Foy iced the game with a 10-yard touchdown.
The Statesmen were plagued by turnovers — Champion threw two interceptions, a fake kick by Justin Holt was intercepted and the offense fumbled three times, losing possession once. Champion was 19-of-30 on the night for 225 yards passing.
Richard Freelon led DSU’s rushing attack with 17 carries for 84 yards averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Richard Nash added seven solo tackles and an interception to spotlight the defense.
ULM 48, Grambling State 10
MONROE, La. — After scoring on its opening drive, Grambling State University dropped a 48-10 decision to ULM on Saturday at Malone Stadium.
GSU (0-2) responded with a 17-yard touchdown pass from D.J. Williams to Anthony McGhee to tie the game at seven before ULM closed out the game on a 41-3 run.
Cedric Skinner had 109 yards rushing on 22 carries to lead the Tigers. Defensively, Steve Orisake topped all defenders with 10 tackles. Arkez Cooper had nine tackles with one fumble recovery and an interception.
The Tigers’ final score was courtesy of a Justin Manto field goal.
Jyruss Edwards made the most of his eight carries, rushing for 123 yards and a score to power ULM (1-1). Cortney Davis returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown to put the Warhawks out fron early.
Kolton Browning completed three touchdown passes and Edwards’ touchdown run helped the Warhawks to a 35-7 halftime advantage. Browning threw 13-of-25 with an interception.
Rashon Ceaser led the field with six receptions for 95 yards. Cameron Blakes had seven tackles to lead a defense that finished with two sacks on the day.
DeVontae McNeal ran for a 34-yard touchdown and logged 94 yards on nine attempts to compliment Edwards’ effort. Louisiana-Monroe totaled 367 rushing yards.
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